The effects of Sandy the superstorm could hurt turnout in blue states, but maybe for both parties. It raises the prospect of limiting the popular vote for President Obama. And while electoral votes are what matter, the popular vote still could come into play in giving the winner some sense of a mandate.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
The effects of the superstorm could hurt turnout in traditionally blue states, limiting the popular vote for President Obama. But if Obama’s response to the disaster is looked upon favorably, the opposition might be less motivated to turn out.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
Freshman Republican Joe Walsh’s bombastic rants frequently get him into trouble, even with members of his own party. He’s facing a tough Democratic opponent in Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth, who lost both of her legs in combat.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
There are 11 gubernatorial races this fall, and one of the most competitive is in the swing state of New Hampshire. Out-of-state money and political muscle are flowing into the race, which both candidates say amounts to a stark choice on social and fiscal issues.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
President Obama and the Democratic Party’s grand total is just north of $900 million dollars for the current cycle, while Mitt Romney and the Republicans topped $800 million. The numbers don’t include dollars raised and spent by superPACs or from tax-exempt groups.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
For all the attention on female voters, the gender gap is no less among white men. They voted in large numbers against Barack Obama four years ago, and are expected to do so again this year. At a motorcycle festival in Florida, some of these voters weigh in on the GOP ticket and the election.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
Civil rights groups and Democrats complain that the billboards — many located in black, Hispanic and student-dominated neighborhoods — are meant to intimidate voters.
His rise in the polls has been accompanied by a shift to the middle that conservatives had long feared. But because Romney triumphed in direct debate with President Obama, the right is embracing him like never before. Says one conservative leader: “They really get the feeling their guy can win.”» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us